Border regions invited to bid for renewables projects under EU INTERREG program

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Renewable energy developers in Ireland and Northern Ireland have until May to bid projects under the first call for proposals under the EU's INTERREG program which targets disadvantaged border areas in the EU. The INTERREG renewable energy/energy efficiency measure is worth £6.8 million over the lifetime of the program -- from 2003 to 2008. It aims to stimulate the wider use of renewables and energy efficiency in the INTERREG region. The Ireland/Northern Ireland measure is open to small and medium sized enterprises, community groups, farmers and individuals across the whole of Northern Ireland and the Irish border counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo. It is being run by the Republic's Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and Northern Ireland's Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Projects must involve partners on both sides of the border.

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